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Unformatted text preview: Ecology of Natural Resources Resource conservation can be viewed as applied ecology Ecology is a relatively young science (mid-20 th century) • Relationship of living organisms to their environment • The sum total of all biotic and abiotic factors that affect an organism Applied ecology- manipulation of organisms and their environment to achieve specific objectives Time out for science Good science, conservation, and management depend on good objectives • Quantifiable statement of purpose • “To improve Henslow’s sparrow habitat in Louisiana’s longleaf pine prairies” • “To increase the density of Henslow’s sparrows in Louisiana’s longleaf pine prairies from 1.7 to 6.0 per hectare through reforestation and controlled burning.” Back to applied ecology • Requires a thorough understanding of all of the effects of the proposed manipulations • Always positive and negative consequences Applied ecology therefore is dependent on understanding how nature works, and the complex responses...
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This note was uploaded on 09/18/2011 for the course RNR 1001 taught by Professor W.kelso during the Fall '08 term at LSU.
- Fall '08